Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: “I suppose ... maybe one of the advantages of urban areas is that you can have school choice.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a wide choice of schools has worked well in his “ethnically diverse” constituency.Mr Varadkar, who represent(...)

Oisín McGrath who died after an incident at his school. Photograph: Pacemaker

Police investigating the death of Oisín McGrath (13) from Belcoo, Co Fermanagh suspect that a row over a football was the trigger for the incident th(...)

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There has been a broad welcome from interest groups for new measures announced yesterday aimed at sustaining small schools, particularly in isolated (...)

Brendan Butler, We Are Church Ireland, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, and Canon Mark Gardner, at the launch of Faith in Marriage Equality, outside the Civil Registry Office, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retired Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin Gordon Linney has called for a yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. “Personally, I think (...)

The newly elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ireland Reverend Ian McNie said the church would have his full support if it elects a woman moderator within the next few years. Photograph: PA

The newly elected moderator designate of the Presbyterian church in Ireland has said he feels “sorry” for Stephen Fry after he described God as utterl(...)

The Church of Ireland is not to take a position on the samesex referendum, while encouraging members to vote. The Catholic Church opposes the referen(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam. Photograph: PA

No young person should be turned away from a Catholic school based on the results of an entrance exam, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin ha(...)

Derek O’Shaughnessy, the former curate’s attendant at St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dawson Street, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts. Photograph: Courts Collins

The former verger of a 300-year-old Dublin Church has been seven days to quit his rented Ballsbridge apartment owned by the charity Protestant Aid.Jud(...)

“Society has changed:” Rev Eileen Cremin, Fermoy’s Church of Ireland minister, in Christchurch, Fermoy, Co Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Despite a name that would sound at home in the Co Cork countryside that she now calls home, the Rev Eileen Cremin was born in Hackney, in east London.(...)

On Christmas Eve 2014, in the company of a dear friend, I attended the carol service at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. This has become a long-stan(...)